Arnold the Super-ish Hero

Heather Tekavec
Guillaume Perreault

Nice guys finish first in this endearing story about a humble kid in a family of superheroes who discovers his superpower may not be what everyone (even him!) is expecting.

Though Arnold works in the family superhero business, he isn't exactly a superhero. Unlike all his relatives, Arnold has no superpower. Everyone expects it will show up any day. Arnold believes that the only thing he's good at is taking phone messages. Then, one day, a call from a girl in distress comes in to superhero headquarters, and no one else is around. Arnold has to respond to the call. Determined to succeed, Arnold helps all kinds of people along the way. And that's before he even finds the caller! He does so many good deeds, in fact, he's identified as a masked man “helping the good guys.” Wait, could being nice be a superpower?

Award-winning author Heather Tekavec's endearing and funny underdog story is sure to spark a following for a new kind of superhero: Super Nice Guy. Guillaume Perreault's colorful, highly entertaining illustrations in comic book style panels are packed with amusing details that add layers of humor to the text. This delightful book, with its earnest and humble hero, highlights the idea that everyone has a purpose in the world, and it's important to be true to yourself. It makes an excellent choice for character education lessons on kindness and courage.

978-1-5253-0309-8 | Jun 1, 2021
List Price: USD $17.99, CAD $19.99
4-color 9 x 9 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 2 / Ages: 4 to 7
978-1-5253-0541-2 | Jun 1, 2021
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Awards & Reviews

“A sweet and funny picture book about the power of doing good deeds.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, March 2021
“... Tekavec's humorous underdog story is endearing, reminding readers of the truism that one can “change the world with a few good deeds.””
— Publishers Weekly, May 2021
“Arnold's search for himself and his own talents is genuinely funny and sweet ...”
— Montreal Review of Books, May 2021
“... a humourous and engaging story with a heartfelt message that everyone has a power no matter how everyday it may seem and that true heroes are those who take the time to commit simple acts of kindness when no one else is watching.”
— CM Magazine, June 2021

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